Showing posts from January, 2018

Goodbye to FM 94/9

By Joe Nelson

Hot off the Press!


The Station will now go by ALT 949

SAN DIEGO, CA – FEBRUARY 1, 2018 – Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) today shared new name for FM 94/9. The alternative rock radio station will now be known as ALT 949. After sixteen years, KBZT continues to define the format and the addition of the ‘ALT’ to the moniker solidifies its place in the market as the Alternative Music leader.

Entercom is a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the top two radio broadcasters in the country. Entercom is now the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. With a nationwide footprint of 235 stations, Entercom will engage over 100 million people weekly with a premier collection of highly-rated, award-winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events.


Bob Bolinger

VP/Market Manger E…

Entercom Action - And There's Lots of It

By Joe Nelson

Lots of movement today at Entercom San Diego, I worked a long day, so I will just lay it all out here. It may not look pretty, but this is the nuts and bolts of it.

From Entercom:

We’re excited to introduce you to the newest members of the Sunny 98.1 team, AJ & Sara in the Morning, beginning tomorrow, February 1st from 5am – 9am on the New Sunny 98.1! 
We couldn’t be happier to have AJ, Sara, and their producer Hula join us! 
After AJ & Sara in the Morning, Dave Mason will keep you company during the midday from 9a-2p and he’ll have your favorite Greatest Hits with the Sunny 12 Noon Commercial Free Music Hour! 
Gene Knight maintains your afternoon-drive from 2pm to 7pm and Brooks O’Brian will round out your evenings from 7pm to midnight.

Our New KyXy line up will be: 
Susan D – Mornings  Dorothy Tran - Midday  Joe Rosati Afternoon Drive  Sherry Knight Evenings
FM 94/9 will see a slight line-up chang…

Failure to Publish a Story

By Joe Nelson

   A couple weeks ago, 105.7 MAX FM released their morning show. 'Kim and Sammy Jo'. I failed to report on this because by the time I got my new computer up and running and especially because of some medical stuff I have going on, I dropped the ball. By the time I got it all up and going, a significant amount of time had passed and the word was most certainly around town.

   This was no slight to either Kim or Sammy Jo, it was just how I explained it, and I hope they return to the air very soon!

As always, thanks for your support in this tough time and thanks for sticking with me.


Max Cares Starts Thursday

By Joe Nelson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 105.7 Max FM Launches “Max Cares- Taking Care of San Diego Together” 
San Diego, CA- 
105.7 MAX FM is proud to launch “Max Cares – Taking Care of San Diego Together”- a media outreach program that brings one local charity a month to the forefront with the goal of educating the community about the organization and the work they do in the community. The “Max Cares” initiative will inform listeners how they can become involved or volunteer with the organization, as well as how to tap into the charity’s resources if needed and how to donate or participate in their events or programs. 
Max Cares kicks off February 1st with Veterans Village of San Diego and will be supported by PetersenDean Home Improvement Contractor, with more participating charitable organizations to be announced shortly. President and Market Manager Mike Glickenhaus states “We feel a very strong obligation to help support and give back to the San Diego community. 
The goal with our “M…

Phil Farrar Takes Home the Gold

By Joe Nelson

National Award-winning San Diego and KOGO Radio broadcast journalist Phil Farrar has added some more hardware to his ever growing list.  This past Saturday on January 27th, Farrar received the Southern California Radio Television Golden Mike for a story he wrote, produced, voiced and edited in the 'Best News Serious Feature' category.  Phil talked to SanDiegoRadio about how the story came to be. Phil, thanks for your time.

The story was about the first student shot and killed at Columbine High School in Colorado back in 1999.  Rachel Joy Scott was gunned down while having lunch with a friend outside on school grounds.  She was posthumously honored last May during the National Conflict Resolution dinner held at the La Jolla Aventine.  Her parents were in attendance and received the San Diego Peacemaker award for the non-profit organization named after their daughter, 'Rachel's Challenge.'  Farrar says, "I was invited at the last moment to the dinn…

SanDiegoRadio Job Board 1-29-18

By Joe Nelson

Digital Marketing Strategist

Key Responsibilities:

Ø Work with Director of Event Marketing & Digital Sales and the Director of Digital to create the Digital Sales Strategy for LMD (Local Media Digital, company’s in house digital agency), 3 radio stations and 40+ signature festivals, concerts and events

Ø Help drive innovation by supporting 9 Account Executives generate creative ideas for digital client proposals and presentations.

Ø Must be able to see the big picture of how to combine radio, digital and events to help businesses find customers/grow their revenue

Ø Oversee digital inventory for all LMSD assets

Ø Manage the set-up, implementation, and delivery for Digital Audio Streaming, Display Advertising, Email Marketing & Paid Social Campaigns

Ø Optimize campaigns to meet client goals with maximum results

Ø Create reports, delivery analysis and recaps for all digital campaigns

Ø Respond to day-to-day client requests and questions

Ø Ensure positive and long las…

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)SUBSCRIBERFORMATNOV 17DEC 17HOL 17KYXY-FMAC4.15.79.5KPBS-FMNews Talk Info. Regional3.84.15.1KHTS-FMPop CHR4.44.44.8KMYI-FMHot AC5.35.24.7KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.

Kevin Callahan Re-signs with Entercom

By Joe Nelson

For Immediate Release Contact: Bob Bolinger

January 23, 2018 Phone: 619-718-7110



San Diego, CA – Entercom San Diego is pleased to announce that the company has entered into a multi-year agreement with Kevin Callahan as San Diego Market Operations Manager of all their stations and the Padres Radio Network. For the past several years, Kevin held a similar position as Operation manager of the three legacy Entercom San Diego stations, KSON, KBZT and KXSN. Entercom’s November 17, 2017 merger with CBS Radio added KyXy and KEGY to the fold.

Kevin has had a long and solid career working and programming before coming to San Diego as PD of KSON FM in 2010 and elevating to Operations Manager in 2014. Kevin was regional VP of Programming for Pamal Broadcasting last overseeing three markets in New York, one in Vermont and two in Florida. Before that Kevin oversaw nine stations in Colorado…

Phil Konstantin on John Coleman's Passing

B Joe Nelson

   My friend Phil Konstantin had a very nice tribute to his pal John Coleman, who passed away Saturday in Las Vegas. I wanted to share it here. Thanks Phil. Very nice.

Legendary TV personality John Coleman passed away January 20, 2018. He spent most of his 61 years in broadcasting as a weather forecaster. 
------Some of his accomplishments include using the first Chroma Key for weather forecasts (that's the special set up where the forecaster can stand in front of a changeable map due to special processes-see the attached photo). John was the original weather guy for ABC's Good Morning, America. He was one of the founders of The Weather Channel on cable TV. 
------John's last 20, or so, years on TV was at KUSI in San Diego. I had the pleasure of working with John at KUSI. He was a professional, and yet he could be fun and silly, too. His famous "K-UUUUUUU-S-I" was because the station owner once told everyone to emphasize the U in KUSI. John REALLY did …

John Coleman 1934-2018

By Joe Nelson has learned of the passing of yet another San Diego icon.

John Coleman, long time KUSI meteorologist has passed away at the age of 83.

John is obviously known around town as the KUSI weather man, but prior to that he was widely known as the co-founder of The Weather Channel.

John was also a part of the Joan Lunden and David Hartman team on the original Good Morning America. extends its condolences to John's entire family as well as the KUSI team.


C.S. Keys Has Passed Away

By Joe Nelson

   SanDiegoRadio has received some very sad news.

Long time broadcaster (TV & Radio) C.S. Keys has passed away.

Keys arrived in San Diego in 2000 and quickly gained the respect of his fellow broadcasters and viewers.

This from Keys' online bio: "Recognized by the California State Assembly for his tireless efforts to help San Diego youth, Keys started his own foundations, C.S Keys’ KIDS with Athletes for Education Foundation, to help those in need. C.S. is a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina with a B.A. in English/Media Journalism. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and raised in the Philadelphia area, C.S. is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the National Weather Association, the NAACP, the National Association of Black Journalist, the San Diego Urban League and 100 Black Men of San Diego. A spokesperson for many worthwhile causes and…

SanDiegoRadio January 2018 Spotlight

By Joe Nelson

This edition of The SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features JAM'N 95.7's Frankie V

SanDiegoRadio has the V-Bros Spirit!
Frankie, thanks for setting time aside for this interview, it's greatly appreciated

What is your current position?

I am currently the co-host of "Frankie And Tati" weekday mornings on JAM'N 95.7 as well as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director. I handle the afternoon show on 102.3 The Beat in Austin TX, weekends in LA at 102.7 KIIS-FM, in Boston on KISS 108, in Portland OR on JAM'N 107.5, and in Seattle on POWER 933! I am also heard nationally on many iHeart Radio stations throughout the country on the RCHR channel.

How are things with you right now? Life, work!

Life has been a rollercoaster for me the past couple years. From losing my dad, to moving to Boston, to moving back to San Diego, to moving back into morning drive... but life is starting to settle back in. I am fortunate that San Diego has accepted me as one of…

Program Director Named at FM 94/9

By Joe Nelson

Congratulations Chris!

For Immediate Release Contact: Kevin Callahan



San Diego, CA – Entercom San Diego announced today that Chris Patyk has been named PD of Alternative FM 94/9 (KBZT FM)

Chris has had a long and solid career working and programming in Los Angeles (KYSR-FM/Star 98.7), Phoenix (the Edge and KZON-FM) and Portland (KUFO). In 2013 Chris moved to America’s Finest City to program KEGY-FM (Energy). Three years later, he took over programming duties for A/C KYXY-FM. Chris was named PD of KBZT when Kevin Callahan (Entercom San Diego OM/PD KSON) took over interim PD duties at KYXY-FM after the recent Entercom/CBS Radio merger was complete.

“It was a no brainer to elevate Chris Patyk to this role based on his experience” said Entercom San Diego OM Kevin Callahan. ““I’m thrilled, excited and about every other adjective you can think of to be part of this amazing Enterc…

Program Director Named at 91X

By Joe Nelson

From 91X...

Congratulations Garett!!

 January 9, 2018  Contact: Joe Lindsay 

Veteran radio programmer and consultant Garett Michaels has been named Program Director of 91X (XTRA-FM). Michaels’ San Diego radio roots date back to 2002 as the founding Program Director of KBZTFM, a position he held for nearly a decade. After spending two years as the Program Director of KNDD-FM “107.7 The End” in Seattle, Michaels returned to San Diego in December 2015 to become Program Director of KFMB-FM, and was responsible for the rebrand of JACK-FM to the highly successful launch of 100.7 KFM-BFM. 
In January 2017, following the end of the joint operating agreement between Local Media San Diego and Midwest Television, Michaels decided to exercise his option to leave the KFMB Stations, and has been serving as consultant to 91X ever since. “After spending…

KFMB Raises Over 1M for Charity

By Joe Nelson


Contact: Dave Sniff


(San Diego, CA) AM 760 KFMB collected over $1,000,000 during their annual radiothon fundraiser to benefit the Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station, a San Diego charity helps veterans recover both physically and mentally from service injuries.

The funds raised enabled the Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station to purchase airline tickets for injured military veterans, so they can spend the holidays at home with their families. During the month of December AM 760 encourages listeners to donate on-line with the highlight of the campaign happening on December 8th when the station conducts the annual “radiothon”, a full day of phone and on-line donations. The current total collected for the entire month of December was $1,107,245.00.

“I’ve never seen such an overwhelming response like this before” said Sandy Lehmkuler, president and founder of the organization. “Our heartfelt…

SanDiegoRadio Needs Your Help

By Joe Nelson

   Well, as luck would have it, my laptop has taken a dirt nap. I am borrowing one for a bit, but it is time to invest in a new one.

   What makes it worse is that Apple has discontinued the mobile app for running the site, so I can only do it from a computer.

   I do SDR for free, as a service to the radio industry and its readers/listeners.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Link HERE --> GoFundMe for SanDiegoRadio


Jeff Detrow Heading North

By Joe Nelson

Jeff Detrow, the Jeff of Jeff and Jer, will be packing up the UHaul truck and heading North.

Jeff is moving to Sacramento to work afternoons on Christian Radio. Jeff will be heard locally on K-Love 102.1 starting next week.

Congratulations Jeff!

Joe Nelson

The Show adds Emily Griffiths

By Joe Nelson

   iHeart Radio's The Show on Rock 105.3 has added another voice.

Emily Griffiths, formerly of The Jeff and Jer Showgram is now part of the morning show.

Congratulations, Emily!
This is from Rock's website:

"Emily Griffiths is a second generation San Diego native.

She began her radio career in 2003 as a courier at Clear Channel Communications.

After realizing how much she loved radio, she approached The Jeff and Jer Showgram (who had recently arrived at Star 94.1 FM) and asked them to give her a shot as an assistant...and they did! Emily watched, learned and eventually became a full-time on-air personality with the Showgram. She spent 7 years with the Showgram and has great love and admiration for the team who was inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame in 2016.

Emily is beyond excited for this new chapter in her life with The Show on Rock 105.3! The fit couldn’t be more perfect as rock, punk and live music are some of her favorite things.

Some of her MOST favor…

Sileo Departs XEPRS

By Joe Nelson

   The Mighty 1090's Dan Sileo announced yesterday he has left the station. No reason was given, other than to say that there is a new station coming and that they are 'building it around him'.

   Sileo took over the morning show duties at 1090 in early 2014 and the ratings for the sports talker did gain a significant uptick.

   What does this mean for mornings at 1090? Joe Tutino and Ben Higgins are currently on the air, but could this leave the door open for Scott & BR to return to mornings? Does Hacksaw see a return to afternoons?

   The bigger picture- What station is building around Sileo? I had several messages overnight. Many believe it is FM 949. Is this the long-anticipated flip to sports talk?

Stay tuned...